The Regional English Language Office (RELO) at the U.S. Embassy in Manila is pleased to invite proposals from educational institutions and non-governmental organizations to provide logistical support for an English Access Microscholarship Program Mindanao Teacher Training project in Manila from May 8 – May 19, 2023. Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59 pm January 20, 2023.
Funding Amount: Up to $50,000
Opening Date: December 16, 2022
Closing Date: Midnight, January 20, 2023
Program: English Access Microscholarship
Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy
1201 Roxas Blvd.
Ermita, Manila, 1000
Metro Manila, Philippines
In order to build stronger cultural links between the U.S. and host countries around the globe, the U.S. Department of State created the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) in 2004. Access provides youth from economically disadvantaged communities with English language and other global citizenship skills that improve educational and employment prospects, build stronger self-esteem, and provide a deeper multi-cultural understanding of American values. The program serves as a viable educational model for communities with leadership, creative and critical thinking, information technology, and civic outreach components. Additionally, Access provides alumni and teacher training programs that reinforce this educational model. Since its inception in 2004, students and teachers in more than 84 countries have participated in the Access Program.
The goal of the Access Mindanao Teacher Training project is to provide 5-day pedagogical workshops to talented high school and university English teachers from Mindanao. These workshops, which will take place in Manila, are designed to enhance overall English language teaching skills and create a stronger Philippine-U.S. cross-cultural understanding. Potential pedagogical skills to be taught include critical and creative thinking, leadership, information technology, civic outreach, and media literacy.
A successful proposal for the logistical support of this teacher training project will meet the following requirements:
- The program will be implemented at a hotel in Metro Manila. Applicant will identify hotel and budget accordingly.
- A priority hotel will be one that serves halal food and/or allows outside halal catering to be consumed on the premises.
- Program budget cannot exceed $50,000.
- The cost of the program should be itemized in the budget into the following categories:
- Travel (roundtrip transportation between Mindanao and Manila for 60 participants – 30 participants coming from cities and 30 participants coming remote areas)
- Accommodations (double-occupancy accommodations: Week 1 – 15 rooms from Sunday to Saturday for 30 participants, Week 2 – 15 rooms from Sunday to Saturday for 30 participants)
- Food and Beverages (Week 1 – 30 people need halal meals: breakfast, lunch, and AM/PM snacks from Monday to Friday; dinner meal vouchers for Sunday to Saturday, Week 2 – 30 people need halal meals: breakfast, lunch, and AM/PM snacks from Monday to Friday; dinner meal vouchers for Sunday to Saturday,)
- Other costs (workshop room rental, including data projector and screen, for 10 days)
- Administration (including salaries and wages, benefits, travel, etc.)
- Program Timeline:
|Phase 1: Submitting proposals||Duration|
|Step 1||Completing proposals
The providers use the Access Proposal Budget Template to complete the proposed budget.
The proposals must be submitted via email by January 20, 2023
|Step 2||Selection results from RELO||Two weeks|
|Step 3||Enter proposal into online system||One week|
|Step 4||Issuing agreement for the provider||Six to seven weeks|
|Phase 2: Implementing the Access Teacher Training program
The implementation of the program involves substantial oversight from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.
|Step 1||Before the teacher training:
Contacting participants, arranging transportation from Mindanao to Manila, reserving hotel rooms, reserving hotel meeting space, organizing halal catering, purchasing materials, etc.
|One month (starting approximately April 10, 2023)|
|Step 2||During the teacher training:
Checking in the participants, taking twice daily attendance, distributing workshop materials, providing logistical support, disbursing meal vouchers, problem solving, etc.
Representatives from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate will be on site to monitor the teacher training program.
|Two weeks (starting from May 7, 2023)|
|Phase 3: Close-out of the program
Provider needs to submit the final program and financial reports no later than 30 days after the end of the agreement.
Interested providers are invited to submit their statement of interest and budget template to RELOManila@state.gov via email no later than 11:59 P.M., January 20, 2023. Proposals may be submitted by Philippine or U.S.-based non-profit organizations.
Please download the budget template here: bit.ly/accessTT2023
D-U-N-S Number Requirement: U.S. Federal Government contractors and assistance awardees are required to have a D-U-N-S Number. For information on how to obtain a D-U-N-S Number, see: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/index.jsp
Successful proposals will be selected on a competitive basis by a selection panel at the Embassy.
Download the PDF version of this notice here.